“Health care underperforms and overconsumes resources. Women are 80% of the healthcare workforce, but only 10% of the leadership. WHAMGlobal is helping more women lead and set policy.”

Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center; Founder: Women of Impact
“WHAMGlobal is creating a force of women activists, unbounded by geography, who can bring to the table new perspectives, consensus-building and mentoring skills, reimagining health care for future generations.”

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President & CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation; Member: Women of Impact; Co-Founder: WHAMGlobal

Women of Impact:

These are the Women of Impact – an extraordinary corps of some of the nation’s most high-achieving health care leaders.


WHAM Key Players:

> Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, Founder

 Dr. Feinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF). Together they perform a unique mix of grantmaking, research, teaching, coaching, and project management.Under her leadership, JHF and PRHI have become a leading voice in patient safety, healthcare quality, and related workforce issues. When Dr. Feinstein founded PRHI, it was among the nation’s first regional multi-stakeholder quality coalitions devoted simultaneously to advancing efficiency, best practices, and safety by applying industrial engineering principles. Dr. Feinstein also founded HCF to assist the region’s healthcare industry in attracting, preparing, and retaining employees, and was a leader in the formation of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national coalition of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives.

Dr. Feinstein is widely regarded as a leader in healthcare quality improvement and frequently presents at national and international conferences. She was a presenter at the2016 TEDxBeaconStreet event, an independently organized Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) event with a global audience. She has served on the faculties of Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of numerous regional and national publications on quality and safety. While at Boston College, she was the editor of the Urban & Social Change Review; she is the editor of the book Moving Beyond Repair: Perfecting Health Care. In 2015, she was named Pittsburgher of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Dr. Feinstein is a past President of Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers of Western PA, and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. She serves on many nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit boards, including NRHI, the United Way, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Allegheny Parks Foundation. She is on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Research Advisory Committee, Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Board of Directors, the UPMC System-wide Patient Care Committee, and IT Advisory Committee. She is a founding member of the national Women of Impact coalition.

Dr. Feinstein earned her bachelor’s degree in American History at Brown University, her master's in Social Work at Boston College, and her doctorate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Feinstein has Honorary Doctorates from Chatham and Carlow Universities.

> Kate Dickerson, Coordinator


Kate brings together the WHAMglobal online community, assists in strategic planning, and serves as the public voice of WHAMGlobal. Throughout her career, Kate has advocated for women's health and rights. Kate began her career at the National Women's Law Center where she served as Outreach Associate, supporting the Center's digital and on the ground campaign strategies. Later she moved to grassroots organizing, where she served as Health Center Advocacy Organizer and a certified Health Insurance Exchange Navigator in Western Pennsylvania for Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. Motivated to expand her skills and knowledge base, Kate recently received her Masters of Science in Healthcare Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University's, Heinz College. 


Contribute to the Movement:

Here, you can engage with like-minded women, Forge new connections and collaborations. Whether you post in the WHAMGlobal Forum, write or commenting on a blog post, share an upcoming event, or learn what other are doing – you will be building a powerful community and contributing toward positive change. Some suggestions:

  • Voice your opinions and visions by writing blogs that resonate with like-minded women
  • Ask for help and suggestions to advance your work, practice or passion from peers across the world
  • Share resources, tools, and tips for leading breakthroughs in improving health and health care
  • Weigh in on policy developments and suggest how to shape, advance, or reject policies
  • Suggest and organize virtual book clubs on works that catalyze change in health care
  • Recommend a book, TED Talk, or Podcast
  • Offer information about, learn about & attend interactive speakers’ series and other events, featuring women in healthcare leadership positions who have led breakthroughs in improving health and health care

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